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Den
RE: Torn achilles tendon - 2 years
Surf,

You seem like a good guy. But I'm really trying to understand what you are trying to accomplish here. Most of us are posting ways to rehab, exercise videos, names of qualified physicians, body mechanics assessments etc. This is based off what we have learned from specialists whether it be physical therapists, trainers or physicians. We know the risks of surgery or a non-surgical approach, and that there is not really a quick fix for most of us. The alternative is to sit there and hope; didn't work for me. I don't know if I will be 100% again or not, but I'm better than I was before and I don't have pain.

I feel like you just want someone to tell you that it's ok not to seek a doctor or physical therapist because it takes tendons a long time to heal. I believe in alternative medicine and therapy as much as anyone. I even tried putting ginger compresses on my groin at one point! But there is a time where conventional medicine/technology sometimes prevails. At the very least, you should go to a doctor to find out if you have an inguinal hernia. If you do have an inguinal hernia, it is really more cut and dried than a sports hernia. I know lots of guys who had it, fixed it, and life is good in four weeks.

We don't want stories of pretty flowers and bluebirds. I'm sorry about your friend, but how does his fear help us get better? If you are alluding to the fact, that we should all take our time in the healing process, I agree totally and I think some of the doctors have really shortened their rehab protocols because of the pro athletes... these timelines are not really meant for us even if the exercises are. So I'm wary of the statements "you'll be able to jog in 4 days; back on the field in 2 weeks, etc." that some of the docs are promising.

If you have some alternative therapy to share with us that is proven to work in the healing process, I'd love to hear it. I'm into all kinds of natural healing ideas, diet, herbs, supplements, essential oils and myriad of other things.

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